Greenpeace Arrives in Unalaska
Tuesday, July 03 2012
The Greenpeace vessel Esperanza has arrived in Unalaska.
The rainbow-covered ship checked in with port security around 8:30am, and has spent the day sitting off of Front Beach. The crew plans to stay in Unalaska for the next few days before leaving for the Chukchi Sea. There, The Esperanza will be conducting research on Shell’s lease site and monitoring any drilling activity that occurs. The voyage is part of Greenpeace’s campaign against the oil company’s Arctic program.
The Coast Guard has no reports of Greenpeace demonstrations at this time.
The last time the Esperanza was in Unalaska was in 2007, as part of its trip to Amchitka to commemorate the group’s founding voyage. According to Greenpeace International, the vessel was refused fuel during its stop, in part because of their anti-trawling stance. Representatives from Delta Western, North Pacific Fuel, and Offshore Systems Inc. say the Esperanza has not yet requested any support services during this stay.